The Carolina Panthers have signed cornerback Eli Apple to a one-year deal.
Before the signing, the Panthers only had one cornerback on roster with three-plus years of experience. So, this was certainly an area of need for the upcoming season. General Manager Marty Hurney had stated that he was looking to add a veteran at this position. The move will also give the two rookie cornerbacks that were drafted, time to develop. Those two are Troy Pride Jr. out of Notre Dame, who was chosen in the fourth round and Stan Thomas-Oliver, chosen in the seventh round out of Florida International University. Apple will most likely start this season opposite Donte Jackson.
Apple had agreed in principal to a one-year deal with the Raiders back in March, but the two sides could not get together on a contract. He became a free agent again at the beginning of April.
The Giants selected Apple out of Ohio State with the 10th overall pick in the 2016 draft. He was traded to the Saints in 2018 and last season started in 15 games before an ankle injury caused him to miss the regular season finale and the playoffs.